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08-25-2005, 02:36 AM
does anyone have experience with large format? it has interested me lately. is it a lot harder to use? what are the disadvantages to it?

Paul F
08-25-2005, 01:08 PM
I use it a lot for my photography now. Main reason -v high quality but above all camera movements. You can swing the plane of focus from vertical right down to horizontal to get stuff in focus you can't with "normal cameras". Beware - take smonths to get it right but then addictive

08-25-2005, 01:27 PM
Cost of: Camera, Film, Processing?

10-28-2005, 08:27 PM
Bumping this thread as I'm curious too!

Any recommendations for starting cameras?

11-06-2005, 06:28 AM
I was using a Linhof 13x18 on optical bench
(see here: large format (http://www.phootos.com/candypress/Scripts/orphanFrame.htm?http://www.phootos.com/candypress/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=605) )
for still life and portraits; using a large format camera brings excellent results, but, no doubts about, it is not easytouse...
Cameras and films are expensive, need to learn to use lights (flashes, banks, floods).
I would suggest to start with 6x6 analogic camera to get familiar with larger formats.

11-26-2005, 12:17 AM
do you have any samples of a portrait or anything taken with that specific camera? also it might be unrealistic but is there an affordable large format?

11-26-2005, 08:26 AM
I used that camera last time in 1979, then I sold all the equipments and left Italy for a long time. Later on I moved many times in Italy and abroad (south America) and lost my books and everything, as I did not follow photography any more till today... Sorry.
If by "affordable" you mean easy to use large formats, sorry to say that these cameras are a bit complicated.
You have two plates, one for the lens and the rear one for the films, with a black leather or plastic tunnel connecting them.
The plates can move on their 3 axis individually along a beam, so that all aberrations and perspectives can be corrected.
The Linhof I was using did not have any kind of authomatic features, so that focusing and exposing was a mess and, just to make things easier, the image seen on the film plate was 180 upside down...
I do not want to discourage, these cameras are expensive... maybe you can try with something more handy, just like portable medium/large, always by Linhof (http://www.linhof.de/english/index.html) or Toyo (http://www.vistek.ca/details/details.aspx?WebCode=208327&CategoryID=ProPhotoLargeFormatCameras) Ciao